Decision details


Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee considered the decisions on the following matters arising from the Executive meeting held on 11 March 2020:


Minutes of the Executive – 12 February 2020




Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny and Select Committees




Damp and Condensation Policy




Aids and Adaptations Service Policy


Officers advised that other than sometimes experiencing some delay, the relationship between SBC and HCC was good in relation to aids and adaptation cases.


Variations of Tenancy Agreement and Conditions of Tenancy


It was noted that the reference to pets and other animals would be adapted to allow tenants to keep certain types of pets without needing to obtain permission.


In response to a question about smoking, officers advised that within the agreements, tenants were asked to refrain from smoking for two hours prior to a visit from Council officer. This provided the support for officers to rebook visits if necessary.


Community Wealth Building (CWB)


A Member requested that the work undertaken in and by community centres should be linked into the work on CWB.


In relation to procurement rules, Officers clarified that each contract was agreed on an individual basis. Contract Standing Orders do refer to local companies but the rules around the tender assessment must be published in advance of the tender process.


Corporate Performance 2019/20 – Quarter 3


Officers advised that cases of absence due to coronavirus would be recorded separately from the generic sickness figures. Officers advised that the Council was following NJC advice regarding self-isolation which did require a level of trust in employees.


In response to a question regarding the rise in sickness figures since the introduction of the new reporting regime, Officers suggested that this could be as a result of past under reporting and recording.


In response to a question regarding recycling rates for the Town, Officers confirmed that Stevenage was similar to other urban areas but that a range of issues were being looked at as part of the waste strategy which was currently under review.


Officers agreed to look at the overall in way performance data was reported to see if it could be made clearer.


3rd Quarter Revenue Monitoring Report  - General Fund and Housing Revenue Account 2019/20




3rd Quarter Capital Monitoring Report  - General Fund and Housing Revenue Account 2019/20




Urgent Part I Business


Officers advised that a briefing note would be sent to all Members with an update on the current situation in respect of Coronavirus.




Publication date: 20/03/2020

Date of decision: 16/03/2020

Decided at meeting: 16/03/2020 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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